Re: memetics-digest V1 #1011

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    >From: Wade Smith <>
    >Subject: Re: memetics-digest V1 #1011
    >Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 13:41:18 -0400
    >On Monday, April 8, 2002, at 12:43 , Scott Chase wrote:
    >>Wade's uber-empiricist stance borders on what Popper would have
    >>derided as a bucket theory, one of those "blank state" notions
    >>that we are empty and free from preconceived biases that filter
    >>our observations.
    >Not a bit of it.
    >I adamantly deny that I am a blank-slater.
    >Read it again-
    >>each with their own tools and experiences and cultures and technologies
    >>and practitioners and traditions.
    >Adamantly deny.
    OK, maybe I was focusing too much (or misunderstanding what you meant) on
    what you had started of with your talk of totally receptive true acts of
    observation sans impeding thoughts (or though itself if that's possible).

    I doubt obervation can be made sans thought, unless you're a zombie. Plus,
    to be receptive implies the existence of receptors which will have their own
    preset biases, whether they are receptors for touch, taste, sight, hearing,
    smell or what have you.

    Evolution via selection has tuned the receptors and learning has tuned

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